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June 13th, 2012

Risk attitudes shapes national oil company strategies

Based on the research in Oil and Governance, PESD researchers Mark Thurber and David Hults argue that the incentives an NOC faces to take, avoid, or manage risk critically determine its strategy and whether it can achieve the particular goals of its host government. Read more »



June 22nd, 2010

Research by PESD researchers Richard Morse and Gang He cited in Bloomberg News

in the news: Bloomberg News on June 21, 2010

As China's coal imports soar, Bloomberg News cites recent research by PESD's Richard Morse and Gang He to explain the dramatic new trend.




February 23rd, 2010

Should oil-producing countries emulate the "Norwegian Model"?

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber presented a paper on oil governance at the 2010 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) held from February 17-20th in New Orleans. Read more »



November 18th, 2009

PESD research fellow Varun Rai is featured in the Harvard International Review

In a new article in the Fall 2009 issue of the Harvard International Review PESD research fellow Varun Rai discusses the critical elements of effective international carbon offsets markets. The article argues that fundamental problems of perverse incentives and huge transaction costs render the clean development mechanism (CDM) unfit as the backbone of international carbon offsets markets post-2012. Instead, the article emphasizes the need for multilateral deals around large sectors that leverage synergies between climate change benefits and the core interests of developing countries.




September 17th, 2009

Thurber discusses decline of Mexico's Cantarell oil field in The Wall Street Journal

in the news: Wall Street Journal on September 9, 2009

David Luhnow of The Wall Street Journal quotes PESD assistant director Mark Thurber on the failure of Mexican politicians to engage the crisis presented by the stunning decline of the country's principal oil field. Read more »



June 23rd, 2009

David Victor presses case for geo-engineering

in the news: Green Inc. Blog New York Times on June 22, 2009

Green Inc. Blog follows David Victor's ruminations on geo-engineering and his call for governments and policymakers to take the topic seriously. Read more »



June 22nd, 2009

David Victor on the need for more research and international protocols governing geo-engineering

in the news: Atlantic Monthly

As the threat of global warming grows more urgent, a few scientists are considering radical and possibly extremely dangerous schemes for re-engineering the climate by brute force. Their ideas are technologically plausible and quite cheap. So cheap, in fact, that a rich and committed environmentalist could act on them tomorrow. And that's the scariest part. Read more »




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